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400 pages, Hardcover
First published November 27, 2018
‘How much I’ve had to fight my own internalized racism in addition to that radiating from the fiction and the business. How terrifying it’s been to realize no one thinks my people have a future. And how gratifying to finally accept myself and begin spinning the futures I want to see.’
‘we have a bad habit, encouraged by those concealing ill intent, of insisting that people already suffering should be afflicted with further, unnecessary pain. This is the paradox of tolerance, the treason of free speech: we hesitate to admit that some people are just fucking evil and need to be stopped.’
There had been only two choices at the time of the great exodus: the Ring, where there could be cities and cars and all the conveniences of life as it once was, or Earth and nothing. Most chose the Ring, even though it meant traveling to the great belt of rocks beyond Mars, from which the Earth is merely a tiny pinpoint lost in a black, starry sky. For those who chose Earth, the lama manipa and the rebbe and the storytellers came forth and taught the people anew all the ways they had once scorned. And all the clans everywhere, no matter their chosen ways, swore the same oath: to live simply. Those who could not or would not were exiled to the Ring.But Nahautu is curious about the strangers, particularly a young man among them, who flatters her with his romantic attention, which she has never gotten from the men in her area.
So many of our leaders are weak, and choose to take power from others rather than build strength in themselves.The framing device of the replacement storyteller is worth paying close attention to; it adds an additional layer to this ominous story.
“Any meal from any occasion,” the caption read. In fine print: “Restaurant patron must be able to provide the exact date.”Harold, taken aback by the menu (not to mention the nondisclosure agreement the hostess presents to him) grows belligerent and demands a particular meal from a memorable occasion in his life ten years earlier. And despite Yvette’s disapproval, he’s determined to unearth the secret of Maison Laveau.